How to change Home button long-press behavior on the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8

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If you’re the owner of a Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+, you’ve probably noticed that long-pressing the Home button toggles Google Assistant. But did you know that you can remap the key to launch a different service? Don’t get too excited, though: you will probably just see options like Google Now and Samsung Internet in here, or a different assistant service like Microsoft’s Cortana if you have it installed.

This is more of an Android feature than something designed by Samsung, and you can only select from apps that declare themselves as device assistants (Bixby would be one of these if Samsung hadn’t put that on a dedicated hardware button). To help you, should you for whatever reason want to, reassign the button (or disable the long-press behaviour altogether), we’ve put together a short step-by-step guide showing you how to do just that.

How to change the Home button long-press behavior on the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8

Step 1: Open up Settings.

How to change Home button long-press behavior on the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8

Step 2: Select Advanced Features.

How to change Home button long-press behavior on the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8

Step 3: Hit Device Assistance App, followed by Device Assistant App.

How to change Home button long-press behavior on the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8

Step 4: Choose your new Device Assistance App—Google Assistant, Internet or S Voice. The list of apps here can vary based on the apps you have installed. Select None if you don’t want the home button to do anything when long-pressed.

Stuck?

That’s all there is to it. If you happen to encounter any issues while following our instructions, feel free to reach out to us in the comments section below—or over on Twitter—and we’ll do our best to get you back on track. Otherwise, be sure to check out our other Galaxy Note 8 tips and Galaxy S8 tips.

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Omaha4K
2 months 11 days ago
Omaha4K

On my new note 8, it simply has Google as the only option. Which is fine, because due to your tutorial, I was able to select hands-free operation. So, I can simply lay the phone down, say “ok google” and ask away! (just like the google home counter top device) Love this new Note 8

auctyvance
2 months 11 days ago
auctyvance

Disabled mine long time ago. Got Bixby button.

2 months 11 days ago
artocube

Thanks! I remapped it to do nothing on my Note8! I trigger Bixby by just pressing it but the long press was annoying. Thanks a lot!

2 months 11 days ago
artocube

Sorry, I meant “Home Screen”, not Bixby! LMAO!

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